Crisci Associates, Aug. 29, 2016 Issue #635
(8/29/2016)
* Senate Returns Tuesday To Confirm Beemer As AG, Castor Delays Porn Email Report

The Senate Thursday announced it is returning to session Tuesday to confirm Bruce Beemer as Attorney General, replacing Acting Attorney General Bruce Castor.  The Senate held a brief non-voting session day August 23 to accept Beemer’s nomination from Gov. Wolf.

* Independent Fiscal Office Increases FY 2016-17 Revenue Estimate By $900 Million

The Independent Fiscal Office Wednesday increased its FY 2016-17 revenue estimate by about $900 million to take into account the budget revenue package passed in June to increase state revenues.

* Reuters/Ipsos Online Poll Has Clinton, Trump Tied In PA

A Reuters/Ipsos online tracking poll released Thursday had Hillary Clinton at 46 percent and Donald Trump at 45 percent of likely voters in Pennsylvania.  However, the political website FiveThirtyEight still gives Clinton an 84.9 percent chance of winning Pennsylvania’s electoral votes.

* Political News & NewsClips

Democratic Challenger For Sen. Vance’s Seat: Democrats picked a replacement challenger for the Cumberland/York Senate seat vacated by the retiring Pat Vance.  Their new candidate is Dr. John Bosha, who sits on the East Pennsboro School Board.  A new candidate was needed because John Ritchie dropped out.  Dr. Bosha is running against Rep. Mike Regan (R-York) for the seat.

* Session Schedule [Updated] /Governor’s Schedule

Here is the latest voting session schedule for the Senate and House--

* On The Senate/House Agenda

Here are the Senate and House Calendars and Committee showing bills of interest--

* Bipartisan Bill Proposed To Freeze State University System Tuition For 5 Years

Reps. Nick Miccarelli (R-Delaware) and Kevin Boyle (D-Philadelphia) have partnered on legislation to be introduced which would place a five-year tuition freeze at Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education institutions.

* Weeks Ahead

Upcoming meetings, hearings and other events on legislative issues in Harrisburg, unless otherwise noted.   NEW means new from last week.

* Wolf Lauds New Prescription Drug Monitoring Program In Fight Against Opioid Abuse

Gov. Tom Wolf Thursday announced Pennsylvania’s newly redesigned Prescription Drug Monitoring Program is fully operational and will serve as an important tool to help curb the prescription opioid and heroin public health crisis in the commonwealth.

* Auditor General: Charter School Payment Appeal Process Seriously Flawed

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale Thursday said his latest audit shows a faulty Charter School Law and the Department of Education’s (PDE) protracted, inconsistent, confusing, and conflicting process for handling charter school payment challenges may unfairly favor charter schools over school districts.

* Gov. Wolf Launches OpenDataPA Website

Gov. Wolf  Monday launched OpenDataPA to enhance access to valuable information by creating a central repository to share the Commonwealth’s data with the general public. Citizens, researchers, media, and developers can now browse through the first-released datasets.

* PA Bulletin: PUC Temporary Rulemaking For Taxi, Limousine Industries

The Public Utility Commission published notice in the August 27 PA Bulletin of an advance notice of temporary rulemaking for the taxi and limousine industries.  Comments are due September 26.

* PA Bulletin: PA Gaming Board Final Table Game Rules Of Play Regulations

The PA Gaming Control Board published final regulations establishing Table Game Rules Of Plan in the August 27 PA Bulletin (page 5540).

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